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Greek Life


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Greek Life: We do not have Greek life at my school.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life on campus, but I wish we would. It would make the campus more lively.


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You may not be fans of simplicity or consensus governance, but most students agree that the Quakers got it right when it came to community. One of the biggest reasons that people come to Earlham, or fall in love with it when they get here, is the strong and intimate community, which is achieved without the need for organizations named in Greek letters. In fact, most Earlhamites, faculty and students alike, see fraternities and sororities as a barrier to true, meaningful community. Students who want to get involved on campus will be swamped with clubs, sports teams, campus media, and student government groups who would all love to add another eager freshman to their ranks.

Theme and friendship houses are an excellent way to get close to a group of peers with shared interests and commitments without dangerous hazing rituals or traditions that involve heavy drinking. Most EC students don't bemoan the loss of out-of-control frat parties, either. Those who are into keggers and wild parties may be disappointed, but overall, students are glad that Earlham doesn't support Greek life and are pleased with the other opportunities it opens up. At Earlham, you're more likely to read about how fraternities are breeding grounds for rape than to hear complaints about their absence.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
Did You Know?
By this point, you're probably not surprised to hear that Earlham is a Greek-free zone. Thanks in no small part to EC's Quaker values, fraternities and sororities have always been absent from campus life since the College was founded in 1847. Back in the 19th century, Quakers were not allowed to be a part of "secret, oath-bound societies," like the Freemasons. This opposition to exclusive and elitist organizations continued into the 20th and 21st centuries and kept Earlham free of a Greek system, which was seen as an unnecessary expense and encouraging of alcohol consumption.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 8% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 92% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 11 responses

  • 18% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 27% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 36% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Very easy.
  • 0% Somewhat easy.
  • 18% Somewhat difficult.
  • 82% Very difficult.
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